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Snowmaking begins at Queenstown’s Coronet Peak

Friday, 22 May 2015, 8:00 pm | NZSki

Snowmaking guns have been fired up and are pumping out the white stuff at Queenstown’s Coronet Peak ski area. More >>

The Nutters Club Wins Top Radio Award

Friday, 22 May 2015, 4:25 pm | Top Shelf

A radio show featuring frank and honest discussion around mental health issues, The Nutters Club with Mike King has taken the award for Best Spoken Programmes Best Daily or Weekly Series at the 2015 New Zealand Radio Awards. More >>

Mucus Kids spit out their debut EP on May 29

Friday, 22 May 2015, 4:18 pm | Powertool Records

Mucus Kids is a sewerpunk ménage a trois made up of Loz L’estranja (human sounds), Madison Von Uber Rothschild (bass) and Sebasschin Cumball (hitting), born and bred in the gutters of West Auckland. More >>

EDS celebrates International Day for Biological Diversity

Friday, 22 May 2015, 4:12 pm | Environmental Defence Society

Today, May 22nd, is the United Nations International Day for Biological Diversity. It is a day to note that we need to do much better in managing our relationship with New Zealand’s unique flora and fauna. More >>

Book award is an acknowledgement of Māori history

Friday, 22 May 2015, 1:41 pm | University of Auckland

A book co-authored by the University of Auckland’s Dr Aroha Harris has won the Royal Society of New Zealand 2015 Science Book Prize. More >>

Wotif reveals Kiwi travellers’ flying habits

Friday, 22 May 2015, 12:35 pm | Wotif.com

Wearing new underpants, chewing gum and wearing a pounamu are just a few flying habits Kiwi travellers confessed they have, according to the High Flyer survey by leading travel website Wotif . More >>

What’s in a glass?

Friday, 22 May 2015, 12:26 pm | Southern PR

Austrian Glass Maker designs a Glass for Central Otago Pinot Noir Austrian Riedel Crystal, widely recognised as the world’s leading wine glass producer, has unveiled a striking stemmed glass designed specifically to emphasise the attributes of Central ... More >>

‘Wasn’t Expecting That’ Star Returns to Australia & NZ

Friday, 22 May 2015, 11:51 am | The Mushroom Group

‘Wasn’t Expecting That’ Star Returns to Australia & New Zealand for Intimate Headline Shows This August More >>

Photo Laundry Returns For Auckland Festival of Photography

Friday, 22 May 2015, 11:39 am | Auckland Festival of Photography

A world renowned photography event returns to Auckland in June as part of the Auckland Festival of Photography. More >>

H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Rises for Jazz

Friday, 22 May 2015, 11:37 am | Reuben Bradley

Dark and mystical, the nightmarish stories of famed horror author H. P. Lovecraft have been brought to life through Tui Award-winning drummer/composer Reuben Bradley’s latest jazz album Cthulhu Rising , released on tour this June. More >>

New Zealand Singer Wins Major International Scholarship

Friday, 22 May 2015, 11:34 am | Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation

New Zealand Bass-Baritone James Ioelu is the inaugural winner of the Victoria League Scholarship in Singing which carries 12-months accommodation at the Victoria League’s London base. The scholarship is sponsored by the Victoria League in Auckland in association ... More >>

Meat Worker Warren Parry Headlines Darts Stellar Lineup

Friday, 22 May 2015, 11:30 am | SKYCITY Super League Darts

Fresh from his defeat of the world number one in Sydney last year, Warren Parry returns to the oche to take on New Zealand’s best dart players at the SKYCITY in July. Waza will down his meat cleaver in the attempt to be crowned the king of New ... More >>

Hong Kong Ink - Tattoo Culture and Identity

Friday, 22 May 2015, 11:21 am | Massey University

This photographic survey charts how tattooing in Hong Kong has shifted from subculture to popular culture. The project examines how tattoo functions as an agent of cultural exchange and reflects the tattoo renaissance currently occurring in the Asia-Pacific ... More >>

NZME Radio Congratulates New Zealand Radio Awards Winners

Friday, 22 May 2015, 11:00 am | NZME.

NZME Radio’s top radio talent has been officially recognised at this year’s Radio Awards with the media company completely dominating the client digital partnerships category of the awards. More >>

New book by author and journalist Steve Braunias

Friday, 22 May 2015, 10:58 am | HarperCollins New Zealand

HarperCollins Publishers New Zealand is delighted to announce it will be publishing the next book by multi-award winning author and journalist Steve Braunias. More >>

Fur Patrol singer helps lift music perfomance in Hawke's Bay

Friday, 22 May 2015, 10:41 am | Eastern Institute of Technology

Celebrated rock musician and frontwoman for Fur Patrol, Julia Deans was at EIT last week working with students keen to learn from her success. More >>

Critical Moments Will Count For Mojo Pulse

Friday, 22 May 2015, 9:31 am | Netball Central

Assistant Coach Frances Solia is hoping for a repeat result when the Mojo Pulse come up against the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic in Hamilton this Monday. More >>

Oily Rag Budget 2015

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 6:16 pm | Oily Rag

Last week the Government released its Budget, and lots of people had a lot to say about there being too little money. We are told +250,000 kids (and presumably their parents) are living in poverty. The strange thing about poverty is that nowadays ... More >>

Jon Toogood to present a weekly music show on Radio Hauraki

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 5:52 pm | Radio Hauraki

Jon Toogood, lead singer of the Melbourne-based New Zealand rock band Shihad, is turning his intense passion for music into a weekly one-hour radio show on Radio Hauraki, with the first episode airing this Saturday, May 23. More >>

95 Days Till New Zealand Fashion Week

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 5:21 pm | New Zealand Fashion Week

95 Days Till New Zealand Fashion Week The countdown is on until New Zealand’s biggest fashion event, with just 95 days to go until the opening night of New Zealand Fashion Week (NZFW). The weeklong celebration of New Zealand fashion will kick off ... More >>

Shared Histories

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 5:17 pm | Embassy of France to New Zealand

On Friday the 12th of June, students and teachers from five New Zealand schools will present projects created as part of the Shared Histories programme during a special event to be held at the National Library of New Zealand. More >>

Tim Thatcher at MTG

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 5:13 pm | MTG Hawke's Bay

Give me shelter offers Hawke’s Bay audiences their first serious introduction to works by contemporary artist Tim Thatcher, now resident in Napier. More >>

Celebrate our future leaders

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 5:04 pm | Ara Taiohi

Starting Saturday Ara Taiohi Youth Week celebrates ‘We are the future/Kō tātau te ao o āpōpō. From May 23-31 young people and their supporters will be running events across New Zealand that showcase the passions, achievements and successes ... More >>

Salon event for readers

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 4:45 pm | Victoria University of Wellington

In June book-lovers have the chance to talk with two writers, Anna Smaill and Bridget van der Zijpp, in a new salon event for readers that takes place in a bookshop after-hours. More >>

Art Exhibition to “Tell Tails” from New Zealand History

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 4:37 pm | Alexander Turnbull Library

A new art exhibition ‘Tell Tails’ at the Alexander Turnbull Library promises visitors an exciting journey through New Zealand art and artefacts, old and new. More >>

Growing diversity increases need for languages policy

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 3:22 pm | The Royal Society of New Zealand

Growing levels of diversity forecast for New Zealand make a national approach to languages more urgent, according to the Royal Society of New Zealand. More >>

Cardrona Alpine Resort

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 1:58 pm | Cardrona

The recent snow fall has seen around 30cm accumulate in the base area at Cardrona. The team started snowmaking on Monday 18th May with over 800,000 litres of water to kick things off. The forecasted temperatures are looking good for further snowmaking ... More >>

Something Magical comes to Capital E ..

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 1:19 pm | Capital E

Capital E is hosting a series of new and free craft & story sessions for children aged 3-5 years every Thursday in June called Something Magical. Beginning on the 3rd June at 10am at Capital E Central on Queens Wharf, children will come along ready ... More >>

Applications Invited for Katherine Mansfield Fellowship

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 12:23 pm | Creative New Zealand

Established and mid-career New Zealand writers are invited to apply for the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship 2015 . More >>

Tyred of road rage?

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 12:16 pm | Canstar Blue

Auckland, 21 May 2015 – A recent survey by consumer research company Canstar Blue has revealed Kiwis don’t always mind their manners on the road, with over a third having experienced a road rage incident. More >>

Exciting Changes at TFM Boost Chances for Phillip Island

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 12:03 pm | Trass Family Motorsport

Auckland, New Zealand, 21st May 2015 – Trass Family Motorsport, New Zealand’s Ferrari racing team, are excited to welcome Graeme Smyth to its driver line up and a new partnership with The Tool Co. ahead of round two of the Australian GT Championship ... More >>

Auckland rep side named to face NZ Maori Residents

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 11:37 am | Auckland Rugby League

Auckland head coach Richie Blackmore has today named his side to face the New Zealand Maori Residents on May 30. More >>

Bucket Challenge Set Down for Futsal Exponents

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 11:11 am | Hamilton City Council

Bucket Challenge Set Down for Futsal Exponents Will they get the ball into the bucket without using their feet? A group of futsal exponents will try to complete the Futsal Focus Bucket Challenge in Hamilton on Sunday afternoon, as the city gears up for ... More >>

Astro Children - Play It as It Lays

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 10:58 am | Muzai Records

Is "Play It As It Lays" the antithesis to the all consuming Dunedin Sound that has almost swallowed post-punk duo Astro Children whole since the release of their 2013 album, Proteus? More >>

University of Auckland graduate awarded a BAFTA

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 10:53 am | University of Auckland

University of Auckland Screen Production alumna Kimberley Hikaka has won a BAFTA as co-producer of the multiple award winning serial The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies. The two-part ITV drama is based on the events following the murder of ... More >>

Celtic Pipe Band’s Annual Cèilidh

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 10:30 am | Radio News Nelson

Dust off your kilt; shine your dancing shoes, and do whatever you do with your sporran - it’s time to party the Scottish way! More >>

Band Family Set Sights on Canada

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 10:29 am | Radio News Nelson

“A family that plays together, stays together,” an old adage which has proven true for a Nelson family of musicians and Celtic Pipe Band of Stoke members. More >>

OMEGA Continues its Long-Term Sponsorship with Team NZ

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 10:21 am | Emirates Team New Zealand

Long-term Emirates Team New Zealand sponsor OMEGA today announced its continued sponsorship of the team in its challenge for the 35th America’s Cup in 2017. It is the second major sponsor of the team to renew its commitment in as many weeks ... More >>

Meet the Music Agencies

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 10:17 am | NZ Music Month

The schedule for the FREE NZ Music Month Summit masterclasses presented by The NZ Music Managers’ Forum and NZ Music Commission is now available to view. There are limited seats available, so those interested in attending this event on Saturday ... More >>

CATS comes to New Zealand for a strictly limited season

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 10:12 am | Skip Ink

Following its triumphant season in London’s West End, the acclaimed revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical CATS is announced for New Zealand. This spectacular production will play in Auckland only for a strictly limited season. ... More >>

The Maori New Wave

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 10:07 am | Wairoa Maori Film Festival

Maori are working with Irish film makers on a new model of film making, embracing the "Maori New Wave" via tools such as Crowdfunding and Microbudget film making. The film TONN NUA? meaning Irish new wave will be screened, with film maker ... More >>

Hosting line-up revealed for Kiwi Living

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 10:03 am | TVNZ

Sunday’s Miriama Kamo and renowned chef Michael Van de Elzen will host TV ONE’s brand new series Kiwi Living, coming soon to Fridays. More >>

Mummified Tainui child to return home after 100 years

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 9:42 am | Te Papa

More than 100 hundred years after being taken from its burial cave, the mummified remains of a high ranking child belonging to the Tainui iwi is returning home from Austria, Te Papa announced today. “We are extremely thankful to the Weltmuseum ... More >>

10cc Announce NZ Tour - November 2015

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 9:29 am | The Publicity Machine

English art rock band 10cc are returning to New Zealand for seven shows in Auckland, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Wellington, Napier, Tauranga and Hamilton this November 10-17. More >>

The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 9:22 am | The Publicity Machine

Count Basie’s 18 piece American big band is arriving in New Zealand this weekend for shows in Christchurch, Wellington, Hamilton and Auckland next week. This will be their first concert here in almost 40 years and is their 80th Anniversary tour! More >>

A Provocative Pairing

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 9:15 am | City Gallery Wellington

Shannon Te Ao and Susan Te Kahurangi King at City Gallery Wellington from 27 June More >>

Christchurch Airport Marathon

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 9:13 pm | MDJ Media

Liza Hunter-Galvan returns home to New Zealand next weekend, chasing a record fifth consecutive win at the Christchurch Airport Marathon . More >>

Mayor honours Capital’s Crete connection

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 9:12 pm | Wellington City Council

Today, Wellington City Mayor Celia Wade-Brown has honoured the Capital’s close connections with the Greek community at a wreath-laying service for the Battle of Crete. More >>

Navy Firefighter Runs Flights for Cancer

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 3:21 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

Despite undergoing cancer treatment Chief Petty Officer (CPOWTR) Bartus ‘Bart’ Couprie will become the first Royal New Zealand Navy firefighter to compete in the Sky Tower Stair Challenge this weekend. More >>

O'Meara-Hunt On of the Drivers to Watch

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 2:50 pm | KartSport

Rianna O'Meara-Hunt will be one of the drivers to watch as the annual CRC Speedshow-sponsored Top Half kart series heads to Whangarei for the first time on Sunday. After a breakthrough round win in the Formula Junior class at the opening round of this year's CRC Speedshow ... More >>

Nelson to host 2015 Air New Zealand Wine Awards dinner

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 2:12 pm | Air New Zealand Wine Awards

Nelson, one of the country’s boutique wine producing regions, will host this year’s Air New Zealand Wine Awards dinner. More >>

Rhythm And Vines to Return for Epic 13th Episode

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 1:59 pm | Rythm and Vines

Rhythm And Vines to Return for Epic 13th Episode NZ’s premiere international music festival launches 2015 with exciting new ticket prices, rejuvenated festival and camping offerings More >>

‘Band Of Magicians’ tours NZ

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 1:37 pm | 818 Entertainment

The four hottest faces of modern magic are set to bring a night of awe-inspiring entertainment when magic supergroup ‘Band Of Magicians’ tours NZ across August and September 2015. More >>

East coast rivers ‘fire up’ as trout launch spawning runs

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 12:31 pm | Fish and Game New Zealand

Anglers on the east coast of the North Island are reporting some great fishing as trout settle into their spawning runs. The Ruakituri is one river that’s been “on fire” over the last couple of months, according to Fish & Game’s Eastern ... More >>

Exhibition at Vincents Gallery

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 12:17 pm | Vincents Art Workshop

Vincents Gallery Level 4, 84 Willis St Opening Wednesday 27th May 5:30pm Until 10th June More >>

Anika Moa and Julia Deans join forces with the CSO

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 11:52 am | Christchurch Symphony

Anika Moa and Julia Deans join forces with the CSO It’ll be a triumphant homecoming for two Canterbury rock divas when Julia Deans and Anika Moa join forces with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra this June. Rock Divas is a celebration of the friendship ... More >>

Sir Graham Henry Becomes a Qualified Day Skipper

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 11:50 am | Coastguard New Zealand

Sir Graham Henry is now a qualified Day Skipper after completing Coastguard’s Day Skipper course as he supports the MayDay appeal and is urging boaties’ to use winter as an opportunity to learn how to avoid getting into trouble at sea and get ahead ... More >>

More funding for TV captions to increase access

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 11:49 am | NZ On Air

More funding for TV captions to increase access NZ On Air has increased funding to provide more captions and audio description on television programmes for the hearing and sight impaired. More >>

Auction with a Twist: Raising funds and changing thoughts

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 11:48 am | Intelligent Ink

To mark the lead-up to Youth Week (23rd - 31st May), collective impact agency The Cube are challenging perceptions of youth and disability, by facilitating a series of youth-led events that highlight young people’s identities and cultures outside ... More >>

Hawkins issued with reprimand for comments

Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 11:47 am | ANZ Championship Netball

The Trans Tasman Netball League (TTNL), operators of the ANZ Championship, wishes to advise that Mainland Tactix head coach Sue Hawkins has been issued a reprimand following a review of her comments by an independent Disciplinary Officer. Hawkins ... More >>

 

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